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of snow, with connecticut coming in at 6 inches. we do have the winter storm warnings and advisories still up across connecticut and northern rhode island and there is a chance we could see an additional foot or more of snow across new england. we're almost done across southern new england. we also have very strong wind gusts especially along the coast of new jersey an area that does not need additional wind damage. we did pick upwind gusts up 70 to 75 miles per hour but these are easing too. >> such bad timing. so many people trying to get home. >>> well, president obama is aboard air force one right now and some lawmakers will weather the storms to return to washington today with just five days left to avert the fiscal cliff. now all eyes will be on the senate after house republicans said it's up to them to reach the deal. nbc's danielle leigh is on capitol hill. what's the latest? >> it's another day and another standoff. john boehner may not even bring the house back to town until the senate comes up with a possible plan. >> reporter: obama leaves his tropical retreat in hawaii for a w
children and teachers and others in connecticut, it is a time for congress to begin a thoughtful dialogue on what we can do to deal with these mass casualty incidences in our country. they have been going on for some time, but perhaps when we see the faces of children, principals, teachers, and others that burns upon our hearts and motivates us to take further action. i want to make sure that, mr. speaker, that congress takes the appropriate action in a thoughtful, willful, determined way, and not jump to quick conclusions as if simple fixes will prevent this from happening. first, to the parents of children across america who are asking questions, mr. speaker, i'd like to offer some of this advice and also in my background as a psychologist, it's important for people to remember this, parents should be asking their children what they have heard about the incident. we should listen to their concerns and their emotions. we should answer their questions with age appropriate information. we should support and comfort and reassure them of their safety at home and school. we should observe and
christmas comfort to the children of newtown, connecticut. they're facing so many hardships of their own. >> it does not feel like christmas at all in that town. so whatever comforts that town right now. also this morning, a rather dire prediction about the fiscal cliff and what might happen when lawmakers return later this week. it's a pocketbook issue for all of us. >> some people are expecting to maybe go right over that cliff. >>> and later this half hour, the christmas edition of our insomniac play list. putting a new spin on some of the old christmas classics. >>> topping our news right now, the nra is not backing down from its call to place armed officers in the nation schools. >> congressman chris murphy calls it revolting. >> reporter: from the brooklyn bridge in new york to the sidewalks of falls church, virginia, anti-gun protests are springing up around the country. the debate on gun control has also triggered a run on gun shows and gun stores. sales are soaring as people rush to buy assault weapons before a possible ban. >> we're completely out of the so-called assault weapo
. >>> a packed show ahead. congressman steven latourette of ohio, senator richard blumenthal of connecticut, plus the grinch. it's thursday, december 27th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> well, our starting point, a brutal winter storm battering the northeast and torturing holiday travelers all over the country. here it is on the radar. the system is expected to dump up to two feet of snow on central maine today. six states are under winter storm warnings, pennsylvania, new york, massachusetts, new hampshire, vermont, and of course maine. everyone there could see at least a foot of snow. more than 200,000 customers spanning several states are already without power. more than 1700 flights had to be cancelled yesterday, hundreds more have already been taken off the board this morning and that number is expected to climb. six deaths are being blamed on this system since tuesday, and the threat hasn't passed yet. meteorologist bonnie schneider tracking the storm from the cnn weather center in atlanta. but first inez is live in syracuse, new york, where she's been -- there's a great deal of sno
across new york and long island, across the connecticut sound and really heavy downpours into boston and drive a little further north and it's all snow. that combined with strong wind is making for a very messy day today. so many people are out and about, trying to enjoy holiday time or maybe just heading back to work or to the stores to return gifts. but unfortunately we're seeing heavy downpours into bridgeport, connecticut and once you start heading to upstate new york, it's accumulation. we're talking about a foot or more for upstate new york, 3 to 6 for places like massachusetts, worcester and the berkshires. the pocono mountains will see about 6 inches of snow and into northwestern new jersey you're still looking at snow as well. this is a strong area of low pressure, it will work its way across the northeast. the cold air coming in behind it will help enhance the heaviest snow across the great lakes and extreme northern new england. we're also experiencing some bitterly cold temperatures right here in the south. this morning it's 35 in atlanta, 33 in birmingham. the cold air i
ten days after the massacre at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. >> brown: then, we turn to egypt, and accusations of voting fraud in the referendum for a new constitution. we talk with opposition leader mohamed el-baradei. consider a sad day in my view for it is going to institutionalize -- >> ifill: the legal showdown between california health center that discusses marijuana and >> ifill: we have the story of a legal showdown between a california health center that dispenses marijuana and federal authorities. >> just people feel safe coming here. like going to your neighborhood cvs or anywhere else. >> brown: open season in congress look >> brown: seven weeks after election day, there are open seats in congress. we look at contests in three senate races. >> ifill: fred de sam lazaro profiles a priest who became a doctor to help haiti's poor and orphaned children. >> brown: and we close with a conversation with the editor of a new anthology of verse: 100 poems written over 100 years. >> it doesn't have poetry. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour
-elected president of the united states. >> terror at an elementary school in connecticut. >> 20 children dead. six adults are also dead. >> so our hearts are broken today. for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children. may god bless the memory of the victims. and in the words of -- heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have a cold, and i took nyquil, but i'm still "stubbed" up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have a decongestant. no way. [ male announcer ] sorry. alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms plus has a fast acting decongestant to relieve your stuffy nose. [ sighs ] thanks! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] to learn more about the cold truth and save $1 visit alka-seltzer on facebook. >>> it is 15 minutes past the hour. our top stories. webster, new york, mourning two firefighters today after
association reacts to the connecticut schools tragedy with a proposal forearmed guards at schools. >> and the president leaves for hawaii as republicans plot their next move at the edge of the fiscal cliff. stay with us. abc 7 news at 6:00 continues in just a moment. >>> a bay area protestor hustled out of a news conference where the nra breaks it's silence by suggesting there should be more guns on campus, not fewer. >> nra says there should be an armed police officer at every school. >> abc 7 news mark matthews is here, got quite a reaction today it did. and a few expected the nra to come out in favor of gun control but executive vice president never brought it up. national rifle association sent a sharp mess yachblgt no retreat. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> nra meter said what is needed is an armed police officer in every single school. and he accused washington of rank hypocrisy for protecting the president but failing to do the same for school children. >> we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless. >> nravp unlo
and caliber ol the one used in the school shootings in connecticut. the newtown shootings and yesterday's ambush have fueled the debate over gun control. but while that debate intensifies, something else is spiking-- gun sales. chip reid has a look. >> at gun shows across the nation this past weekend, people stood in line hoping to get eheir hands on an a.r.-15, the military style rifle used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. there's been a run on a.r.-15s at gun stores, too. rick friedman owns r.t.s.p. in randolph, new jersey. >> i normally sell about 15 or 20 a month. i've sold 30 in the last three days. >> reporter: the reason he says is clear. >> because people want to make sure they can own them legally hefore they have that "right" ntken away. >> reporter: the white house said after the newtown shooting atic president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring. and it's not just guns. brownell's, t
of the funerals for the victims of the connecticut school shooting will be held today. five were held yesterday. after a service for dilan hockly his 8-year-old brother released balloons. families also said good-bye to grace mcdonald and four others. >>> meantime we are hearing new details about the gunman. former classmates said he wore the same clothes every day and rarely spoke. he once give a presentation through a computer instead of speaking and a former classmate said he enjoyed playing a violent video game and liked using a military style assault rifle in the game, the same type of gun he used to shoot his victims at sandy hook. >> i a man is using the internet to counter the nra's controversiall plan to stop gun violence. the leadership said it wants armed officers at every united states school. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: the 31-year-old facebook engineer has a different idea. he is behind a petition on change.org asking the cdc to research gun violence. >> there are about 30,000 people in america who die every year from
about 1 1/4%. had a lot more to come. the connecticut shooting brought assault weapons and mental illness into the spotlight. we talked a little about it with governor florio, so how many of you favor a ban on assault weapons? and how many of you think the mentally ill should be under even stricter observation? scott rasmussen of rasmussen reports has the answers and that's coming next. >> let's take a look at the big board. as you can see, it's down, but not significantly. again, not much trading was expected today. but there's a lot of trading concerns about the fiscal cliff. again, a lot of people are already on vacation this trading day ends at 1 p.m. today. so we only have a half day of trading, but the market is down and worries about the fiscal cliff and as we mentioned before, perhaps worries about impending strike with longshoremen along the east coast and the gulf coast, so we'll keep a sharp eye on that. let's check the price of oil, it's down as well today. off about 50 cents and it had been off 30 cents and continuing to go down again, perhaps because of concerns abo
to the victims. "a horrible tragedy in newtown, connecticut, has brought to the forefront a long overdue national conversation with regard to gun control and mental health services in our country. i hope the story of sandy hook elementary finally catalyzes the nation and our leaders to do something substantive regarding gun control and access to mental health care services to those who desperately need it." we'll be right back. ally bank. why they have a raise your rate cd. tonight our guest, thomas sargent. nobel laureate in economics, and one of the most cited economists in the world. professor sargent, can you tell me what cd rates will be in two years? no. if he can't, no one can. that's why ally has a raise your rate cd. ally bank. your money needs an ally. executor of efficiency. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. now this...will work. [ male announcer ] just like
out for a statement from the newspaper, it sent us this, "the massacre in newtown, connecticut, remains at top-of-mind for many of our readers. or readers are understandably and keenly interested to know about who owns guns in their neighborhoods." scott summervila is president of the westchester new york fire owner association. he is on the list and joins me this morning. >> good morning, how are you? >> i'm good. you opened the newspaper and see your name, is that how you found out? >> yeah, actually i got a bunch of phone calls and said hey, by the way, this is not the first time they've done it. they've printed our names in the past but it's the first time they made it google earth where you can drag the man to see the person's house, and we have a huge worry because you actually made a criminal's job easier to case a house from the comforts of their own home on a computer on how they could break in. >> by that, the thief knows where he can steal a gun? >> steal a gun, where the guns are and what home there are and how many windows, doors, access, their escape route, entry
. septemberors say that amount could cause a lot of damage. >> officials from connecticut are asking well wishers to hold off on gifts. since the shooting tens of thousands of toys, and other gifts have been going in to the community from all over the world. officials say that they are deeply grateful but they can't manage so many items. they say once they process all of the gifts they are going to let the public know the best way to help those affected by the shooting. >>> in response to the connecticut school shooting a guns for groceries exchange program in los angeles was held earlier than planned. it created long lines of people and cars waiting to turn in their guns to officials yesterday. the event was first scheduled for may. in return for those guns the people received a 100-dollar gift certificate to ralp h's. more than 2,000 guns were collected. >>> in new york city a newspaper is drawing criticism for publishing the names and addresses of gun permit holders. they published a database showing the names and addresses. the state senator is demanding the paper take it down but the
morning beginning with "the connecticut post." - you can see the flag remaining at half staff outside one of the churches in newtown, conn. following the burial of 20 children and six women killed about a week and a half ago. this is from the front page of today's "new york daily news." finally, from the front page is this report about what is ahead in terms of the gun control fight. we heard from the nra friday. let me read you a few sentences -- that was nearly 20 years ago in 1993. we will hear from that testimony in a couple of minutes. we want to get your calls and what is ahead in gun-control. roy is joining us from north carolina, the independent line, good morning. caller: it could be a bitter fight but i think some drastic action needs to be taken. it should be at least as burdensome for the gun owner as it is for a car owner. registration, insurance, testing, everything -- handguns are a big problem, too. i think it is so bad that the president should do some kind of executive order and put a moratorium on military rifles, at least, because around here in western north carolina,
of connecticut are volunteering to cover the town to newtown's entire police force can have the day off. some officers donating their overtime pay to charities helping those affected by the elementary school shooting earlier this month. jamie: that's a great story too. we want to keep you posted on any extreme weather out there. if you're flying or driving and there is a large storm that is moving across parts of the southern midwest and raised threats of tornados, maybe even record numbers of tornadoes in the southeast. meanwhile there's snow and sleet and freezing rain. that could also complicate your holiday travel plans. chief meteorologist rick reichmuth is in charge keeping track of all that. how bad, rick? >> pretty significant storm unfortunately today, tomorrow, thursday still. and it's going to impact a lot of people. cold temperatures are already in place, very cold down across parts of texas. look at that, 71 in new orleans. we have contrast of temperatures and a major contrasting in winds. upper level and lower level wind today. that means we have a very significant tornado threa
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in the connecticut state senate where he served for ten years, including six as the majority leader of the connecticut state legislature. after returning to private practice for two years, he served as the first full-time connecticut attorney general. it was during his years as attorney general that he met the love of his life, hadassah. today they have 4 children and 12 grandchildren. then in 1988, again he took on one of the giants of politics in the state of connecticut, a race that no one thought he could win, but he did. he defeated an incumbent united states senator. and for the last 24 years he served the people of connecticut and this country with honor and distinction. i was also pleased to have the opportunity to support senator lieberman's historic candidacy for vice president in 2000. joe was the first major jewish party candidate for vice president. senator lieberman is a devout observant jew. he's written a book about the importance of keeping the sabbath as a day of rest. i read the book. i was so impressed with that book. our sabbaths may be on different days, but th
's pleased to hear that he's doing well. >> thanks so much for that, lisa. >>> in the wake of the connecticut school shooting, the nr after the wants to put armed volunteers in every american school. the proposal facing heavy criticism. the man in charge is here to defend it. plus how the host of nbc's "meet the press" may have broken washington, d.c. gun laws. it's lots of things. all waking up. ♪ becoming part of the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ trees will talk to networks will talk to scientists about climate change. cars will talk to road sensors will talk to stoplights about traffic efficiency. the ambulance will talk to patient records will talk to doctors about saving lives. it's going to be amazing. and exciting. and maybe, most remarkably, not that far away. the next big thing? we're going to wake the world up. ♪ and watch, with eyes wide, as it gets to work. ♪ cisco. tomorrow starts here. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rew
, connecticut, an outpouring of kindness and compassion, while a nation faced hard questions about mental health and guns. as the president issued an emotional call for action. >> for those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >> randi kaye, cnn, atlanta. >>> well, also this hour, keeping an eye on a south american volcano. there is a red alert as it is called. but people are not evacuating. we'll ask an expert why and what we can expect from this. initiated. neural speeds increasing to 4g lte. brain upgrading to a quad-core processor. predictive intelligence with google now complete. introducing droid dna by htc. it's not an upgrade to your phone. it's an upgrade to yourself. [ male announcer ] when diarrhea hits, kaopectate stops it fast. powerful liquid relief speeds to the source. fast. [ male announcer ] stop the uh-oh fast with kaopectate. >>> the southwest uk is getting hammered with rain causing some travel nightmares. it has to rain a lot in the uk to make any kind of difference. they're used to it. there is floodwater every
couple of days for america. we're so deeply saddened to hear the news from newtown, connecticut, on friday. as a parent, nothing in life is more important than the protection of our children. the death of a child, there is no recovery from. my heart goes out to all the families who lost loved ones in this unspeakable tragedy. last night, we learned the death of -- learned of the death of our colleague, senator inouye. i want to mention today that just this past sunday, over the weekend, grief struck the capital city of kansas in my home state. officer jeff athalate fatally shot while on duty, investigating drug activity occurring inside a vehicle outside a neighborhood grocery store. as they approached the vehicle and orbded the okay -- ordered the occupants to get out the gunmen took the lives of both officers. when we lose someone in a community in kansas, it's not just a name. it's somebody we go to church with. it's somebody we know and care about. these individuals are that to their friends and family in topeka and across our state. david had been part of the topeka police
held in may but was changed to today in response to the connecticut school shootings nearly two weeks ago. we'll talk about that buyback program with the los angeles antonio villaraigosa in about 45 minutes. >>> do you have the right to know if your neighbor owns a gun? a new york newspaper says yes. it posted the gun permits in new york counties. each red dot represents a person who has a gun permit. police -- people whose names were posted on this site they're not very happy. we did reach out for a statement from the newspaper, it sent us one "the massacre in newtown, connecticut, remains at top-of-mind for many of our readers. our readers are understandably and keenly interested to know about who owns guns in their neighborhoods." joining me to talk about this is job than lowey, legal director for the brady center to prevent gun violence. good morning, jonathan, how are you? >> good morning, carol. >> thanks for joining us. to be clear you are for gun control so everybody knows. so this newspaper who decided to publish the names of people who own gun permits, do you think it should
parents' house in connecticut for a christmas eve dinner then drove me all the way to new hampshire. my final destination? it was my personal christmas movie. wow. please keep the conversation going. facebook.com/carol cnn. thank you for spending part of your christmas day with me. i hope you have a wonderful christmas. cnn newsroom continues right now with suzanne malveaux. >>> hello everyone. i'm suzanne malveaux. thanks for joining us on this christmas day. merry christmas. we are keeping you updated on the latest news, also bringing christmas celebrations from around the world. a lot of people are getting something that was not on the christmas wish list. we are talking about the stormy weather. this is a powerful system that could dump 4 to 6 inches of snow and sleet on parts of southern great plains, the ozarks as well. the south is under the threat of severe weather and possible tornadoes. the storm already causing problems on the roads. the oklahoma highway patrol says westbound interstate 40 was temporarily shut down for two miles in a suburb of oklahoma city this morning. they
to the connecticut school massacre. >>> if you live in los angeles and own a gun, today is the day to exchange it for a gift card. the buyback is being conducted by the l.a. police department, usually held in may. but this year, it's being held ahead of schedule in response to the massacre at the elementary school in connecticut. los angeles mayor toantonio villaraigosa told us that many people want things to change. >> i'm supporting senator feinstein's assault weapons ban. we have one in california. for those of us who got to watch the nra commercial last week, the notion that more guns in the hands of good people will prevent gun crimes just isn't borne out by the facts. >> $100 gift cards are being offered for handguns, rifles and shotguns. up to $200 in gift cards for assault weapons. paul vercammen is live in los angeles. our latest poll shows that 37% of americans want major restrictions on guns. does this mean today's buyback may see more than the usual response after the recent school shooting? >> reporter: we'll have to see about that. certainly the city of los angeles is hoping so.
in newtown, connecticut, the fight over gun rights and mental health treatment rages on. >>> getting nowhere fast, the winter storm system that spawned tornados across the south on christmas is now heading east, bringing with it blizzard conditions and travel misery for many. the highs and lows of 2012, a look back at some of the most memorable presidential moments of this election year. >>> president obama and senate members will be here in washington tomorrow, but we'll be hearing crickets on the house floor. nbc news has learned the republican leadership has not given representatives the 48-hour notice to return to work, another sign of inaction on the fiscal cliff front. joining me now for our daily fix, mr. jonathan capehart, msnbc contributor and "washington post" editorial writer. jonathan, we're just six days away, no indication from house republicans that they are going to come back any time soon. the leadership has gone mum on that. we know there's not been communication between boehner and mcconnell, obama and boehner. are you amazed with this short amount of time to go there seem
, connecticut. >>> in china, 16 people recovering after an aquarium in shanghai mall, there it is right there, it burst open last week. investigators say a combination of low temperatures and weak materials caused it. the 33-ton tank housed sharks, hurtles and some fish, as well. some of those animals died. >>> toyota paying more than $1 billion in a record settlement of defects. it's the end of a four-year battle between the automaker and hundreds of car owners who allege that recalls over acceleration problems caused the value of the cars to depreciate. >>> breaking news for you right now from the house a few minutes ago, house gop aides say that house leader cantor told the republican conference that the entire house would be coming back sunday night at 6:30. again, eric cantor telling folks that the house will be called back sunday evening, 6:30. meanwhile, speaker boehner reportedly told members, quote, his words here, we have done our job. it is now up to the senate to act. we'll see if they do anything. we'll be right back with our gut check. or you can get out there and actually like
, connecticut. >> when i heard about sandy hook i felt really bad for all the kids who had died. >> i wasn't surprised he had wanted to do something. i was surprised he wanted to follow through with it and it made me really proud. ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. patti ann: a remarkable story of one man's efforts still going on to return a wedding ripping to its rightful owner. douglas bendenetti, a snow chain installer in california. he was working on interstate 80 seeing a man frantically running up and down the road. he said he was looking for a his wedding ring which he lost while putting chains on the car. he gave up but he stranger kept looking for his ring. >> he wasn't wearing clothing for wither. looking for light on cell phone. it got cold and slipped off and went back looking for it and had no luck. he was disappointed. definitely disappointed. generally gave me idea of 1/8 o
morning. are you with us? last chance. we will move on to doreen in connecticut. caller: i'm a small business owner. host: what kind of business? caller: i do alterations. in the evening return our business into a zumba class for ladies. my daughter and i seem to be doing pretty good. the ladies we hire as seamstresses are independent contractors. these are skills they got from their parents who taught them how to sew. we just went and put out advertising saying we needed seamstresses and we got six good seamstresses. we pay them enough that they can get their own health-insurance and they seem to be doing pretty well. i don't think that giving people the assistance in helping to further their endeavors is a bad thing. i think people who tried to stop people from making it further, they are just being selfish, because you can help individuals if they have skills. they don't have to have a college education to have certain skills. you can use those skills to your advantage and still help them along the way. they can get thrown help insurance. small businesses really are not hurting in
victims who are homeless this holiday. >>> officials in newtown, connecticut will begin removing tributes of the victims of the mass school shooting. they will pick up the items the day after christmas and the trinket also be ground up and processed into soil and that soil will be used as the foundation to a permanent memorial to the victims. >>> a survivor wounded in a mall shooting earlier this month in portland, oregon is speaking about the moment the gunman opened fire. 15-year-old christina was shot december 11. she was cutting through the mall and says the gunman walked right past her. seconds later she says bullets started flying. she had bullet fragments in her lungs and liver but doctors were able to save her. >> i know that god has his eyes on us. he has angels on everybody's shoulders, and he's especially watching out for my family. >> she also survived a car accident earlier this year. >>> this will be a difficult christmas for many victims of hurricane sandy, still suffering after two months after the storm. but a relief project organized by a community that's been there befo
obama can reaction to the connecticut school shooting. then the ceo of bank of america on the future of home ownership. after that a look at the so- called fiscal cliff on tax filings. >> the white house was very controversial. they submitted a design for the palace. this was not particularly of inspiring. the answer he gets said the building served its purpose. if it were larger and more elegant perhaps some president would be inclined to beat it permanent residents. >> niki -- and vicki goldberg has favorite white house photograph. what sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. eastern. >> as president obama begins a second term in office, what is the most important issue he should consider in 2014? >> if you are in great 6312 share your message of the president. >> now president obama on the school shooting in connecticut. the president said it is time for the country to "take meaningful action." he was first notified by, and security adviser. he ordered flags at half mast. >> this afternoon, i spoke with governor malloy and fbi director mueller. i offered governor malloy my condolences on beha
a casino trip to connecticut. he says that he was cut off by a tractor-trailer rig. prosecutors charged him with being so recklessly sleep deprived that it was as if he was drunk. he faces 15 counts of manslaughter among other charges. the jury's have is being read right now but in the situation it is always confusing whether or not these are guilty or not guilty verdicts. we're going to keep an eye on it. when we find out precisely what happens we will bring you the verdicts but he faces 15 years in prison 1/4 million dollars fine if he is convicted on all 15 manslaughter counts of the those charges being read in court right now. heather: right now the brutal civil war raging in syria, now you know inching closer to the capital of damascus. new video shows plumes of smoke rising over the skyline. rebel fighters are turning their attention to damascus airport as they try to choke off supplies for the assad regime. national security correspondent jennifer griffin is following all of this from the pentagon. good morning. >> reporter: good morning heather. the pent gone continues actively plan
if you have a gift or donation that you want to give to the grieving families in newtown, connecticut. hold on to them. the connecticut town is asking people to stop giving. officials say the overflow has been heart warming since the tragedy, but left 20 kids and seven adults dead, but they are overwhelmed by the volume. are they offering an alternative plan? >> generally, yes. specifically, no. you stood in the town square and you saw the teddy bears and all of the candles and the angels and many sent 26 of them because of the number of people killed. it's just too much. they're asking that instead of sending more to the town, that they donate them to organizations and the thousands of children around the cocountry that would be comforted by a teddy bear. they have a warehouse full of these teddy bears and the cards and the angels and all of the trinkets being sent in. they are walking a difficult line because they don't want to appear to be ungrateful, but they want to get back to a level of normalcy. >> what do you do with all of this? the town is not big enough to absorb that. the
and the need to spend on the home whether it was the tragedy in connecticut and took away the feel-good factor it was a confluence of events that led to a should have been better holiday season. >> reporter: in the densely populated northeast, where more than a fifth of the country's retail sales take place, homeowners hit hard by hurricane sandy spent more money on repairs than on holiday gifts. also dragging down sales was uncertainty about the fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered compared to past years of double-digit growth this year online holiday sales rose only about 8% compared to nearly 16% last year. lack of consumer confidence means this shopping season could be the weakest since the recession in 2008 when sales actually shrank. >> consumers need to have more confidence. right now it's more of an uncertain way for the first half of 2013 so i think everyone has thought going into the y
to satisfactory. it is a long step of healing for the people in newtown, connecticut. all of the flowers and letters and photoin new ton will be soil and blocks to be used in a foundation of a future memorial. it was senator daniel inouyhe's last wish. for colleen handbusa to be. >> i made the appointment for the state of schatz is flying to washington with president obama he is expected to be sworn in later. those are the headlines for you. >> clayton: we'll talk the scal cliff. today is the twenth. a few days left for congress and the president to get their act together. the president took a red eye flight back from hawaii. why did congress and the president go on raication at all. >> yeah, we all go to work. >> there is nothing on the table . kelley. >> a lot of people feel they are left in the lurch by the president and congress. and they didn't get the job done . here's what we are facing. we are teetering on the edge of the fiscal cliff. there are many members in congress who disaagree raising of tax. the president had gone up to $400,000 when house speaker boehner would raise the
was a semiautomatic rifle similar to the one used in the connecticut school massacre. >>> a $100 million lawsuit is brewing in connecticut following the horrific school shooting. attorney irwin pinski represents a 6-year-old girl who he says has been traumatized by the killings. he wants to sue the state for failing to protect students from foreseeable harm. the state has inutrient against most lawsuits -- immunity against most lawsuits unless permission to sue is granted. >>> the six men arrested in the gang rape of a woman in india two weeks ago are charged with murder following her death. the victim, a 23-year-old medical student, died today at a hospital in singapore where she had been taken for treatment by specialists. security has been tightened in new delhi where thousands of protesters have been demanding greater protection for women in sexual violence. >>> george h.w. bush is still in intensive care at a hospital in houston. family spokesman jim mcgrath says the 88-year-old former president is improving. his conversations with doctors and nurses now include singing. bush is being treat
to clean up new york and connecticut and new jersey from hurricane sandy and reauthorize some intelligence bills. so i mean, there's no real deal in the offing. there's nothing going on behind the scenes that would lead us to believe that anything would get done before january 1. >> all right. josh, out to you. obviously a lot of the discussion has been around the kind of deal that we would get if we do get something. if a deal does come through, it -- more likely will not be comprehensive, right? there's going to be a lot of negotiating that occurs after the first of the year. i guess my question to you is, does this leave the markets open to turmoil and more volatility as we head into january? >> the markets are going to be left open to turmoil and volatility, period. what we've seen is that despite the stakes getting higher, this isn't a game of poker but one of go fish. and no one seems to be fishing their wish. republicans are working with a weaker hand because they have to do a deal that involves a greater democratic coalition as a result of the failure of plan b. >> jake, question f
in a crime anyway. >>> meanwhile the connecticut town that was the site of that recent mass shooting is asking people to stop sending gifts for the time being. officials in newtown say they have more items than they can handle including flowers, teddy bears and a lot of signs there. they say they have warehouses full of gifts that they need to process now. united way fund to help the town now has reached $3.5 million. a lot of givers out there. >>> it is 5:50 now. preventing bullying. the simple act that you can teach your kids. >> plus her christmas wish came true. how police nabbed the grinch who stole this puppy. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> bundle up. it is cold outside. we have temperatures in the 40s now. 42 in santa rosa and 41 in livermore. 41 in concord. we have a nice dry day setting up all across the bay area. and this is what it looks like on the roads. golden gate, bay bridge and san mateo bridge all moving at the limit. we are hearing about closures on the great highway. we'll tell you more about that coming up. >>> kindness may be the key to prevent bullying. a new study of 9
results after the newtown, connecticut school massacre. >> you're going see more of that long line. unbelievable how many people turned out and the types of guns that were turned in. really interesting. >>> also later, a pretty daring claim about the death of a diva. what a hollywood private eye is claiming about whitney houston. was she really murdered? that's coming up in "the skinny" later on. >> those are some shocking claims there. we begin with the treacherous winter storm that's snarling traffic on the ground and in the air and responsible for killing at least six people so far. >> up to a foot of snow has fallen in parts of indiana and pennsylvania. much the same expected this morning in new england. winter storm warnings are posted in more than a dozen states. we begin with abc's alex perez. >> reporter: strong winds whipped around fast falling snow in indianapolis and made getting around by foot or car nearly impossible. david mathis struggled just to keep up with the shoveling. you saw no snow and within a couple of hours, what did you see? >> basically whiteout conditio
in newtown, connecticut are paying tribute to sandy hock's victims. a kindl is being lit for each children and 6 adults and volunteers are being asked to take half-hour gifts to make sure candles keep burning. one mother said, quote, it's all about the kids and the families and newtown police officers who have began through so much have received an entire gift. the whole force got the day off thanks to officers from other communities filling in for them. >> the pope's message. make room for god. he said the faster we could move, the more efficient or time-saying appliances become, the less time we have. he also said we're so full of ourselves we don't make room for each other and he called for peace in the middle east and the end to the violence in tieria. thousands celebrated christmas in the same place this we believe josephus was born. >>> hollywood is mourning the death of jack klugman this morning the versatile actor was loved by millions of tv viewers. younger fans probably remember him as a crime-fighting coroner in the hit tv show "quincy." he'll probably be best remembered for his
an overflow crowd now because of this month's tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >>> to another growing gun controversy over a newspaper's decision to publish the names and addresses of hand gun permit holders. even though the information is a matter of public record, the publication has outraged a lot of readers of "the journal news." they suggest it puts the permit holders in danger because criminals have a guide to places they can steal guns. >> disclosure of the name and the home ard address of every fi firearms licensee in new york has been a matter of public records for years. >> i may have some neighbors that don't look in favor of gun owners and may feel threatened. >> how is this for payback? some responded by publicizing the home addresses and phone numbers of the reporter who wrote the piece, among with other journalists at the paper. >> oh, wow. a little bit of payback there. as you saw with the map, you can click on your own neighborhood. this is public information, that is the one thing we should point out. but is it going too far? if you do have a gun, are you letting people
into maine. we have coastal advisories in parts of new jersey, connecticut, massachusetts, as 18-foot waves are crashing onshore. so stay away from those waves even though it's wintertime. almost hurricane-force winds in some places. alina. >> chad myers, graeat to see yo. thank you. that's all for us today. thanks for watching "cnn newsroom." i'm alina cho. i'll be back tomorrow at 5:00 a.m. eastern and again at 11:00 a.m. eastern. "cnn newsroom" with suzanne malveaux starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> welcome to "cnn newsroom." i'm suzanne malveaux. we're keeping you updated on the news here in the united states and around the world. former egyptian president hosni mubarak being transferred to a hospital for medical treatment. the country's state prosecutor ordered the transfer. mubarak is serving life in prison for his role in the killing of demonstrars in egypt's recent demonstration. ian is live in cairo. ian, what are we learning about mubarak's condition right now? >> reporter: suzanne, right now he's in stable condition. he's had three fractured ribs after s
of innocent children in newtown, connecticut, followed by the loss of our wonderful colleague, senator danny inouye so i will leave this extraordinary institution and experience with a heavy heart for those who have been lost just in the last few days. i do want to thank the people of texas for asking me to represent them in washingto i want to thank the many peopl who have served on my staff for almost 20 years. i have t say i am touched that both benches on both sides of this room are filled with my staff members who have been so hardworking and so loyal and have produced so much in 20 years for our state and nation, and i thank them. i do want to thank my colleagues and all the people who work here -- senators, but also those who work behind the scenes to make our lives as good as they can be with the hard hours that we all have. those who keep our buildings safe and clean, who work in the libraries, the shops, the cafeterias, and who guide tens of thousands of tourists through our nation's beautifulapitol each year. i want to thank my husband ray and our two children, bailey and houston
, connecticut, police department, the entire force got the day off. cops from surrounding towns volunteered to cover their shift. newtown police have been working nonstop since 26 people, including 20 children, were killed over a week ago. >>> a coat just like t-- hat jut like the coach used to wear. what did he find? tickets to the sold out bcs championship game. >> we're going to the game, pop! we're going to the game! >> can't even believe it. pretty good christmas, i would think. it is now 7:16. back over to you, savannah, willie and maria. >> that's a live picture, actually. he's still -- >> that reaction doesn't surprise me at all. that's how big football is, especially alabama. >> tears of joy. >> that's great. >> cap and all. >> he was not that excited about the hat, we can reveal. but the tickets -- there you go. >> we're going to the game, pop! >> put it on a loop. >> how was your christmas? busy for the weather department. >> it was. it really was. widespread severe weather we've been talking about across the southeast. we're still watching strong thunderstorms come through this
and also some areas across eastern connecticut, parts of rhode island, and eastern massachusetts could be picking up significant snowfall, over six inches possible. pennsylvania, three inches. we could be seeing some here in new york city. >> juliet: all right. we'll get a little snow for the new year. >> eric: tough storm, but these ski areas, ski-related businesses have had two real tough years out of the last three. >> juliet: that's true. >> eric: a lot of people employed in those jobs. >> kelly: it cause a lot of tie-ups for people who want to get home. good silver lining. >> juliet: i got friends coming in from florida today. they're like please, let it snow. all right. now let's get to some headlines. new photos show north korea has repaired flooding damage at its nuclear test facility. it could launch its next missile test in as little as two weeks. that's the analysis of johns hopkins. the report says there is still water streaming out of a tunnel. that could pose problems. >>> if a deal isn't reached by midnight on sunday between labor union shipping at ports from boston to h
in with the news of a massacre of innocent children in newtown, connecticut, followed by the loss of our wonderful colleague, senator danny inouye so i will leave this extraordinary institution and experience with a heavy heart for those who have been lost just in the last few days. i do want to thank the people of texas for asking me to represent them in washington. i want to thank the many people who have served on my staff for almost 20 years. i have to say i am touched that both benches on both sides of this room are filled with my staff members who have been so hardworking and so loyal and have produced so much in 20 years for our state and nation, and i thank them. i do want to thank my colleagues and all the people who work here -- senators, but also those who work behind the scenes to make our lives as good as they can be with the hard hours that we all have. those who keep our buildings safe and clean, who work in the libraries, the shops, the cafeterias, and who guide tens of thousands of tourists through our nation's beautiful capitol each year. i want to thank my husband ray and our tw
, connecticut. attorney general in arizona, tom horn, offering a proposal that would allow a school principal or another staff member to be trained to use a firearm. his plan would require a change in state law. currently allows only police officers to carry firearms on school grounds. >> we would provide the training in marksmanship, in judgment. there would be simulations, to be sure they're well-trained to handle an emergency. and then they would be able to have a gun at school, locked up in a very secure place. >> i don't want anymore firearms in the school whether it is locked in a safe or trained person to me, in my personal opinion would be safer because they can't be everywhere. >> a normal person not used to the stress of say, a armed gunman may not be able to respond the same way. gregg: if the attorney general's proposal is approved by state lawmakers, participation would be entire tirely optional. patti ann: yet another fiscal cliff concern. the price of milk, if congress doesn't take action before new year's day the price could more than double. dominic di-natale is live in los a
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